At 17 years and 292 days Ryan Sessegnon has a European u19 Championship winners medal and 19 Football League Championship goals to his name to go along with a long list of clubs after his signature including the likes of Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur. So, what is all the fuss about, and how far can he go?
Since making his full professional debut for Fulham on the 9th August 2016 Ryan Sessegnon has been making headlines. He has been grabbing media attention and interest from scouts, clubs and fans all over the world.
The then 16-year-old brought pace, strength and incredible ability both on and off the ball. Effective both in defence and on the attack and gave Fulham a strong option down the left-hand side.
At 16 years and 92 days Ryan Sessegnon was the first professional player born in this millennium to score a goal in English football. Subsequently making him the youngest ever championship goal scorer when he found the net 11 days later against Cardiff City.
Armed with an abundance of talent and a desire to play football along with his versatility he continued to push for a first team starting place. This lead to many more appearances and as he developed and continued to impress he helped secure Fulham a play-off spot, but unfortunately it wasn’t to be.
Despite this disappointment he then went on to display his ability yet again as he helped the England u19 to win the European u19 championships. He finished the tournament as joint top scorer and made his way into the team of the tournament.
As a result, speculation swirled all through summer and with the youngster having not yet signed a full professional contract due to his age, he was looking like a bargain to many with the possibility of snapping him up for a mere £2 million. Fulham however managed to fend off the interest and tied Sessegnon down to a contract until June 2020.
Sessegnon continues to shine
As the new season started, Fulham and Sessegnon made a slow start, but have really come into their own since December with Fulham picking up 26 points out of a possible 30. Sessegnon himself contributed 9 goals and 2 assists in 10 games on his way to picking up the Championship player of the month award for January.
All of this has started to stir up the buzz surrounding the youngster once again with the likes of Bayern Munich, Manchester City and Liverpool joining the race for his signature in recent weeks. The list of clubs could be yet to grow further still as the youngster is now being touted to make the England world cup squad for the summer.
Reports are also emerging that England coaches are working closely with Fulham and the youngster in preparation.
With all the rumoured interest reported from the bigger clubs and the national team there is worries for some that the English could lose yet another up and coming talent if he is to be pushed too far too soon as has been the case with many before him, such as Theo Walcott and Jack Rodwell.
This is of course a worry but it is a tragedy that can be avoided if the player can find the right fit and as long as he keeps his head down, if he can do that with the level of talents that he has shown there is no telling how far this youngster could go, and who knows he may end up being the answer to England’s many years of hurt sometime in the near future.